It’s springtime in Kentucky! Overnight we witnessed the trees bloom, flowers blossom and the horses race! Perfect weekend here in the Bluegrass State. I had some clients in from Minnesota and although we spent the majority of time house hunting, we did manage to squeeze in a few hours of fun at Keeneland race track. The feature race of the day, Saturday, April 3, 2010, was the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Grade 1 race).
I must say I believe in signs and in one of the homes we viewed earlier in the day, we saw the below picture. It's from the Ashland Stakes race at Keeneland in 1996. Funny how we saw that on the day of the Ashland Stakes 2010!
Keeneland is such a great way to let visitors experience how we Lexingtonions (and residents from all over the state and other parts of the country) entertain ourselves at the track. When you visit Keeneland, it is easy to fall in love with the sheer beauty of the track, the beautiful multi-million dollar horses, which can run upwards of 90 miles an hour and the warm southern hospitality.
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The winner of the race was Evening Jewel, horse #8. Evening Jewel and jockey Kent Desormeaox picked up the win in the 400,000 pursuit. Check out the video of the pre-warm up in the Keeneland paddock. All the individuals you see in the video are mostly owners. Every horse has its very own entourage! I will tell you that my clients and I enjoyed watching Evening Jewel warm up in the paddock. She was so feisty and you could tell she was ready to race. Protesting (horse #7) featured in the video, had a good race also. After watching Evening Jewel warm up, I had to place a bet on her to win! Sometimes you can just tell when a horse is ready to hit the dirt track and show off!
If you can, get out to Keeneland! When I say it’s a beautiful track, if you don’t take my word for it, take Hollywood’s word! They often come knocking to shoot movies here, including the box office smash hit Seabiscuit! Learn more about race times and things to see at Keeneland at their official home - www.Keeneland.com.